Thursday, January 15, 2009

NY: Off-duty cop kills robber: "According to police reports one of the robbery victims is Officer Perrone's girlfriend, and he was there to pick her up from work. Police say Christopher Williams and Shundell Hall are accused of robbing the women. Williams was shot and killed. Hall was arrested and is charged with attempted robbery, assault and grand larceny. Police said Hall and Williams attacked the two women as they were leaving work at the Elite Body Spa. Sarah Rote was one of the women. Rote told police, "I saw a black male... running towards me. He grabbed me... had a dark colored gun and started yelling at me to give it up." Police said that person was Christopher Williams. Rote told police she called for her boyfriend, Officer Perrone, who was off-duty, and there to pick her up. "Joe got out of the car and pulled his gun out and told (Williams) 'Police don't move!' (Williams)... turned his hand with the gun towards Joe and pointed it at him. I then heard two shots and (Williams) fell to the ground," Rote said. According to police statements Hall had the other woman, Marcella Montanus, pinned up against the door of the Elite Body Spa. He had his gun out and started beating her on the head, and that's when two gun shots rang out. When Hall heard the gun shots he took off from the front door ran across the parking lot and hid behind a fire hydrant. Both men ran. Shundell was caught in the parking lot at the Greece Ridge Mall. Williams was dropped off at St. Mary's Hospital and later died at Strong Hospital."

Qualifying firearms : "Ladies and gentlemen, I give you H.R.45, Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009, introduced in the House one week ago today by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL). . `If passed, this bill would require that anyone wishing to purchase, own, or possess a `qualifying firearm' - that's any handgun, and any long gun capable of accepting a detachable magazine - would have to be licensed by the state or the federal government in a licensing program managed by the Attorney General. This is what the gunhaters mean by `common sense gun control' and `reasonable restrictions.' So much for 'shall not be infringed.' This is nothing less than a declaration of war on American gun owners."

IA: Second Amendment attorney discusses rolling back gun laws: "The attorney who successfully persuaded the Supreme Court to overturn Washington, D.C.'s gun ban last year said the case is just the first step in a process to limit governments from restricting a person's right to own a gun. `No single case will ever tell us for all times when it's OK to bear arms and when it's not,' Alan Gura said in a presentation at the University of Iowa College of Law on Monday. `This decision is just the first step. The constitution is forever, and interpreting it will never end.'"

Obama and the Second Amendment : "Holder's nomination raises other questions about what President-elect Barack Obama claimed he believed during the campaign. Numerous times he promised that he supported an individual's right to own guns and that he wouldn't do anything to take away people's guns. Just last year in a brief to the Supreme Court, Holder argued that `the Second Amendment did not protect an individual right to keep and bear arms,' that it only protected government militias' rights to guns. He claimed that the Second Amendment posed no obstacle to implementing gun bans. I can't find even one gun control law that Holder has opposed. On every gun control regulation he has discussed, he has been supportive, including: bans, raising the age that someone can possess a gun, registration and licensing, one-gun-a-month limit on purchases, and mandatory waiting periods."

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